Elijah Hood talks upcoming U-M visit

Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) junior running back Elijah Hood trip is booked to Ann Arbor. GBW caught up with the four-star RB as he talked about what he is looking for on his visit, Michigan's offensive game plan, his current top-five, decision timeline, and more.

Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) junior running back Elijah Hood is one of the top running backs in the 2014 class. He already has a Michigan offer and will be on campus next week for an unofficial visit.

"I am going to be looking at the academics, the facilities, the campus, and how it feels to be there on the campus grounds," Hood told GoBlueWolverine. " I want to walk around and see the sights of the university and everything. I'll probably want to get to know the coaching staff and everybody. I'm just trying to get real comfortable with the university, if I plan on spending the next four years of my life there."

A four-star prospect and No. 13 RB in the Scout 300 player ranking's, Hood says he has enjoyed the Maize and Blue recruiting tactics thus far.

"My recruiting area guy is coach (Jerry) Montgomery," he said. "He is the guy I talk to the most. But otherwise it seems like the whole Michigan staff has been talking to me. Every time I talk to them on the phone they are always passing the phone around trying to get to me and talk to me. I talk to coach Brady Hoke a couple of times. It's kind of a different thing; they recruit differently than most schools. I like it—it seems like a real team effort. Everyone seems together. They seem like they really enjoy what they are doing."

Coming off a brilliant junior season, Hood helped lead Charlotte Catholic to a state championship appearance.

"I did great," he exclaimed. "I had statistically one of the best years out of anyone in the nation. I had about 3,300 yards, and something like 48 touchdowns or something like that, I don't remember exactly. It was a great season for me. I had a lot fun with my teammates and we made the state championship. We didn't win; it was kind of a bummer. It was still a good ride to get there."

So with those types of numbers and Michigan moving to a pro-style run oriented offense, does it make the Wolverines more attractive?

"I think it's a nice thing that they are going to be a power run football team," Hood explained. "A run between the tackles type team. Grind nose hard style football, that's the type of guy I am. I enjoy that type of play style. I'm sure I will ask about it when I get up there and try to see some film on what they are trying to do."

With double-digit offers, Hood has already narrowed his list to a top-five or six.

"My top-five is Notre Dame, North Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State and a tie between Michigan and Georgia Tech for fifth," he said. "I have checked out all the schools on that list, except for Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan. (I have been able to visit) because of distance, and I am going up to Notre Dame next week, as well. I'm going to try to check out both of those schools and see what both of those programs are like. I'm excited, both of those programs look like something special."

Growing up in North Caroline, Hood says distance played a factor early on in his recruitment. However, he is quickly changing his views on the subject.

"Distance was a factor," he said, "but the more I get into the recruiting process, the more I care less about it. I think I can eventually get over the distance thing. I still would rather be close to home, just to be able to see family and stuff. But I've got to do what's best for me."

As far as a decision timeline, Hood says he is willing to commit early if the situation is right.

" I think a quick decision could be a possibility," he said. "When I feel like I am a 100 percent and I want to go to the school, and nothing else is better out there for me, I'll probably make that decision. Until I am 100 percent, I won't make that decision."

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